The most competitive college in America isn't in the Ivy League

Stanford University Students Fans FootballMike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesFans of the Stanford Cardinal celebrate after Stanford won 40-12 against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2011 in Miami, Florida.

The Ivy League released its admissions decisions for the Class of 2019 on Tuesday, informing thousands of potential students whether they were part of the lucky handful to receive acceptances.

However, despite the cutthroat nature of Ivy League admissions, the most competitive college in America had already released its acceptances. This year, for the Class of 2019, Stanford accepted 1,402 students out of a pool of 42,487 applicants — a 5.05% acceptance rate. This was both the largest applicant pool and lowest acceptance rate in Stanford’s history.

Since 2013, Stanford University has admitted the lowest percentage of student applicants in the US.

Harvard University — the most competitive school in the Ivy League — accepted 1,990 of 37,305 applicants this year, for a 5.3% acceptance rate. This was also the largest applicant pool and lowest acceptance rate in Harvard’s history.

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